I get the feeling that Apple’s latest OS versions are more spit and polish than they are exciting new innovations, but there are a few not-too-visible tricks. Reviews for both iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and iOS 9 are all over the inter-webs, so here’s my list of what’s really cool and useful in iOS 9.
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My iPhone is a 6 Plus, and my iPad is the Air 2 and after installing iOS 9 on each one, I found performance to be a bit lagging; apps opened slower (or, at least animation was slower), some features took awhile to function (email an article in Flipboard is painful), but otherwise no crashes. So far.
In no particular order is my list of what’s cool, new, and not so obvious.
iCloud Drive – Hooray! This is an app that may need to be turned on in iCloud settings, but it’s an easier way to manage your iCloud files. And, thanks to Apple’s new lower pricing for iCloud storage, maybe you’ll store more.
Lowercase Keyboard – Not surprisingly, not every iPhone or iPad user likes lowercase keys when you want a lowercase key. iOS 8 and before had uppercase almost everywhere. Now you can choose. Open Settings, General, Accessibility, Keyboard and toggle the Show Lowercase Keys button.
Shake To Undo – I don’t like any features which requires me to shake my iPhone, but this one is handy. Again, Settings, General, Accessibility, Shake To Under and the ever-present toggle button to turn it on or off.
The Back Button – About time. Where was this from iOS 1 to iOS 8? Interestingly, Back does not always mean what you think it means. In this case, open an app, then open another, and the magic Back button appears which lets you navigate back to the previous app.
Low Power Mode – I love it, I love it, I love it. When your battery power gets low, turn on Low Power Mode in Settings and get a few more hours, but without all the goodies you might like; no fetch email, no visual effects, etc.
New Search – The Search field in iOS 9 also doubles as a calculator. Just type in what you want converted or calculated and it displays the answer below. Plus, you can also search for settings (there are so many in iOS these days that some are buried).
Desktop Site – This is limited to Safari, of course, but now there’s an official way to view a Desktop Website instead of the Mobile Website version that may automatically be sent to your iPhone or iPad. In Safari tap on the sharing button (square with the up arrow) which brings up the share sheet, then tap on Request Desktop Site. If there is one, you’ll see it in Safari (all scrunched up, though).
There’s much more going on in the latest iOS version so I recommend Andrew Cunningham’s gargantuan iOS 9 review on ArsTechnica for the nitty gritty details.